Films: Doug Jones

The Shape of Water

  • 5 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Lauren Lee Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
  • UK release: 16 February 2018

In 1962 Baltimore, Eliza (Hawkins) is a mute who works as a cleaner in a secret government facility alongside the chatty Zelda (Spencer); there she makes a connection with a mysterious monster (Jones). A wondrous tale of underwater love, with an apt and refreshing approach to female sexuality; from screenplay through…

Gainsbourg

  • 4 stars
  • 2010
  • France / USA
  • 2h 15min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Joann Sfar
  • Written by: Joann Sfar
  • Cast: Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones

This depiction of Serge Gainsbourg's life is a humorous, sad and bizarre identity crisis, more enjoyable in its abstract moments than when loitering in traditional biopic territory. While Sfar excels at eccentricity, the movie occasionally falters, particularly in its portrayal of Gainsbourg's less hedonistic times.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 2h
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Cast: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Jeffrey Tambor, Luke Goss, Anna Walton, John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane

Guillermo del Toro returns to Hollywood with a second blockbuster adaptation of Dark Horse Comics' cult supernatural title. A new storyline pits the hell-spawned hero against a mighty mechanised legion of unstoppable warriors. The sequel has more of everything - monsters, action, humour, character development, supporting…

Carnies

  • 2007
  • US
  • 1h 30min
  • Directed by: Brian Corder
  • Cast: Chris Staviski, Doug Jones, Reggie Bannister

In 1936 a touring carnival sideshow pulls is terrorised by a killer.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

  • 2 stars
  • 2007
  • US
  • 2h
  • PG
  • Directed by: Tim Story
  • Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Doug Jones, Julian McMahon

After the 'origin' stories of the first film, the Four are tested against other super-powered beings: Silver Surfer and the planet-eating Galactus. Though superior to its predecessor in nearly every way this soft-footed retread of one of Marvel's most popular stories still manages to be fantastically underwhelming.

Pan's Labyrinth

  • 4 stars
  • 2006
  • Mexico / Spain / US
  • 1h 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Written by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Cast: Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Ariadna Gil, Álex Angulo

In the closing stages of Spain's Civil War young Ofelia discovers a subterranean world populated by fairytale creatures. As she navigates tasks in the Labyrinth -like world the real dangers lie above ground – the dissonance between the two proving that the real world is more horrifying than any imagined one.

Hellboy

  • 3 stars
  • 2004
  • US
  • 2h 2min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Cast: Ron Perlman, Rupert Evans, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, Karel Roden, Ladislav Beran, John Hurt, Jeffrey Tambor

Mexican horror film auteur del Toro's labour of love adaptation of Mike Mignola's cult horror comic delivers on every level, remaining true to the spirit of Mignola's inspired strip and rich with supernatural hocus pocus, wisecracking one-liners and the dark visual styling of German Expressionist cinema.